The art and will to govern

With all that’s being revealed about the VA, NSA, CIA, ICE, ETC, one has to wonder if government can do anything well. I’m old enough to remember when government seemed to work and people had faith that it could find solutions to our problems.

In my core I still believe government can provide needed answers but what is missing is the knowledge of how to govern and more importantly, the lack of a desire to govern. In the past 15-20 years too many politicians know little about the art of working within our long-established system of representative government. They are not the likes of old war horses like Everett Dirkson, Howard Baker, Lyndon Johnson, Sam Rayburn, and Hubert Humphrey.

Furthermore they have no interest in governing. Solving problems long ago took a back seat to party ideology and political positioning. It is all about winning seats in government and little about doing something meaningful when those seats are won.

It’s not really the system that has failed us, it’s the people who we the voters make a part of the system.

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